Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms play a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals and families. Carbon monoxide is a silent, odourless, and potentially deadly gas that can affect anyone, making these alarms indispensable in homes around the world.

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Carbon Monoxide – The Silent Killer

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

It has recently been confirmed that a couple found dead on Boxing Day 2013 died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a portable generator.

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Integrating CO alarms into a fire alarm system

The dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning are very well known and fortunately the number of people taking adequate precautions, including the installation of CO alarms, is rising. This being considered the vast majority of alarms are standalone, battery operated alarms with the warning being limited to their integrated sounder.

Despite the British fire alarm standard (BS5839) not specifying the integration of Carbon Monoxide (CO) detection into fire alarm systems, many users would benefit from doing so. Given that CO exposure can be fatal very quickly it makes sense that any detection of the gas should alert users as quickly as possible. The design of a compliant fire alarm system will incorporate audio warning throughout a building therefore providing an ideal platform.

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The dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide

The Dangers Of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is responsible for more than 50 deaths a year in the UK alone and leaves more than 200 people seriously ill. It has no smell or taste making it difficult to detect and it’s for this reason that no home should be without a good, reliable carbon monoxide alarm. This month, to help you keep your friends, families and colleagues safe, Discount Fire Supplies have reduced the price of the Zeta Domestic LED Carbon Monoxide Alarm by nearly 40%.

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Cornwall Carbon Monoxide Detector Initiative

Take A Carbon Monoxide Detector With You On Holiday

Take A Carbon Monoxide Detector With You On Holiday

A new initiative has been started in Cornwall to encourage campsite and caravan park owners to sign up to a carbon monoxide awareness register.

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Why We Need Gas Detectors

Why We Need Gas Detectors

Why We Need Gas Detectors

Gas leaks and the production of harmful gases are serious problems that can have disastrous and fatal effects.

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CO Angels Organisation Aimed At Raising Awareness Of Carbon Monoxide Poising

CO Angels

The CO Angels are working together on awareness of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning after losing loved ones to this highly poisonous gas.

Discount Fire Supplies has recently been made aware of the fantastic organisation, CO Angels.

CO Angels was formed to highlight the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home, something the founders know about only too well. Each founder member has lost a loved one to CO poisoning and has experienced the devastation and frustration a death like this brings.

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Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, tasteless and odorless toxic gas that can potentially kill. Carbon monoxide detectors are designed to warn you if carbon monoxide (CO) is present in the air and importantly to reduce the number of carbon monoxide related deaths.

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New Range of Carbon Monoxide Alarms Now Available

Domestic Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is highly toxic gas that can be produced in the home by poorly installed, maintained and ventilated gas and fuel burning appliances.

It is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas which can kill or cause serious harm to your health. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which is the body responsible for workplace health and safety, recommends the use of audible carbon monoxide alarms.

Discount Fire Supplies have recently added 2 new Carbon Monoxide Alarms that are ideal for home-owners, landlords and caravans, that are;

  • Safe – BSI Approved
  • Portable – install them at home or take them on holiday with you
  • Audible – 85dB alarm at 1 metre (3 feet)
  • Battery Operated

View our range of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

is a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom. It is the body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in England and Wales and Scotland. Responsibility in Northern Ireland lies with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland. The HSE was created by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and has since absorbed earlier regulatory bodies such as the Factory Inspectorate and the Railway Inspectorate though the Railway Inspectorate was transferred to the Office of Rail Regulation in April 2006. The HSE is sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions. As part of its work HSE investigates industrial accidents, small and large, including major incidents such as the explosion and fire at Buncefield in 2005. Though it formerly reported to the Health and Safety Commission, on 1 April 2008, the two bodies merged.[1][2]




[edit] Functions

The Executive’s duties are to:[3]

  • Assist and encourage persons concerned with matters relevant to the operation of the objectives of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
  • Make arrangements for and encourage research and publication, training and information in connection with its work.
  • Make arrangements for securing government departments, employers, employees, their respective representative organisations, and other persons are provided with an information and advisory service and are kept informed of, and adequately advised on such matters.
  • Propose regulations.

The Executive is further obliged to keep the Secretary of State informed of its plans and ensure alignment with the policies of the Secretary of State, giving effect to any directions given to it.[4] The Secretary of State can give directions to the Executive.[5]

On 1 April 2006, the Executive ceased to have responsibility for railway safety.[6]

The Executive is responsible for the Employment Medical Advisory Service, which operates as part of its Field Operations Directorate.[7]

[edit] Structure and responsibilities

Local authorities are responsible for the enforcement of health and safety legislation in shops, offices, and other parts of the service sector.

Agencies belonging to the HSE include

[edit] Explosives Inspectorate

HSE’s Explosives Inspectorate enforces the legislation for the classification and transport of explosives. It licenses manufacturing and larger storage sites.

[edit] The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL)

Based in Buxton, Derbyshire, it employs over 350 people including scientists, engineers, psychologists, social scientists, health professionals and technical specialists. The services they provide include:

  • Research and development
  • Specialist advice and consultancy
  • Forensic investigation into the causes of accidents
  • Environmental and biological monitoring
  • Assessment of levels of risk and investigation of their control
  • Establishing realistic requirements for standards, and processes for meeting those standards
  • Validation and certification

[edit] Recent initiatives

In October 2006, the HSE launched its Better Backs campaign, using a fictional rock band (Bäackpain) in a series of humorous adverts, to help tackle problems caused by back pain in the UK.

The HSE focuses regulation of health and safety in the following sectors of industry:

[edit] References

  1. ^ Department for Work and Pensions (1 April 2008). “Health and Safety Commission and Health and Safety Executive merge to form a single regulatory body”. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  2. ^ Legislative Reform (Health and Safety Executive) Order 2008, SI 2008/960
  3. ^ Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, s.11(2)
  4. ^ Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, s.11(3)
  5. ^ Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, s.12
  6. ^ Railways Act 2005, ss.2, 60/ Sch.3 para.3(1)(b)(2); Railways Act 2005 (Commencement No.5) Order 2006, SI 2006/266, art.2(2), Sch.
  7. ^ Health and Safety Executive (2000) The Employment Medical Advisory Service and You, HSE5(rev1) 07/00 C200

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Discount Fire Supplies sell a range of fire alarms, fire alarm accessories and much more. Browse our online shop or contact us for a quote today.

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